The UK is one of the worstperforming countries in

first_imgThe UK is one of the worst-performing countries in Europe when it comes to implementing the UN disability convention, according to an influential new report.The Zero Project details the progress made by 121 countries around the world on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).Every year, the project’s results – and examples of good practice – are shared internationally, including at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and UNCRPD’s Conference of State Parties in New York.Four years ago, the results of a previous Zero Project report were used – misleadingly – by the then minister for disabled people, Esther McVey (pictured), to try to defend her government from accusations that its Paralympic legacy hung in the balance because of cuts to disabled people’s support.But the latest report suggests that the UK is now one of the worst performers in Europe when it comes to implementing the UN convention.The report gives each country a green (yes), amber (yes, with qualifications), red (no), or grey (no results available) rating for each question, with those ratings decided by disability organisations from that country.In the UK, the ratings for this year’s report were decided by the British Deaf Association (BDA).The results show that, across the 21 questions, the UK can boast just five green scores, compared with 12 for France and Norway, nine for Germany and Denmark and seven for Moldova.Of the 16 European countries that featured in this year’s report, the UK came equal 11th, alongside Ukraine, when ranked on the number of green ratings it scored.The questions where the UK was given a green score included whether it published statistics about disabled people’s education and employment; whether employers had to make adjustments for disabled people in the workplace; and whether the country promoted the employment of disabled people in the private sector.But it scored a red on questions such as whether the country had an accessible early warning system in cases of national emergency; and whether there was public funding for a national umbrella organisation for disabled people’s organisations.It scored amber on questions such as whether all forms of urban public transport were accessible to all disabled people; and whether there was a legal time frame for all existing publicly-accessible buildings to be made accessible to all disabled people.The report comes only months after a report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities – which focused on social security reforms – concluded that there had been “grave or systematic violations” of UNCRPD by the UK government.Asked if the low number of green indicators showed Britain was lagging behind many other European countries on disability rights and the implementation of the convention, and showed the impact of austerity, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “The UK spends around £50 billion a year to support sick and disabled people – approximately 2.5 per cent of GDP and more than six per cent of all government spending.“The number of disabled people in work has increased by almost 300,000 in the last year.“The UK is currently going through its first periodic examination of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and welcomes the opportunity for constructive discussion on the continued progression of disabled people’s rights.”The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, had not commented on the report by noon today (Thursday).BDA had not commented on its Zero Project findings by noon today.last_img read more

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Lawmakers Discuss Reform of Police Use of Force Policies

first_img 0% In a special hearing today, San Francisco lawmakers on the Rules Committee discussed the police department’s policies on the use of force. The discussion was a response to mounting pressure from the community following multiple fatal shootings by SFPD officers in recent years, including three in the Mission last year.Since 2007, San Francisco police officers have shot 37 people, and local agencies deemed each of these shootings justifiable, said Cohen, calling these statistics “difficult to accept without questioning.”Twice during the hearing, District 9 Supervisor David Campos pointed out Police Chief Greg Suhr’s absence from the meeting, which he called “disturbing.”“I am very bothered by the fact that in every single case involving use of force by police, the chief has made statements that what happened in these incidents was within policy, even though those statements are made before there is a complete investigation,” he said. Tags: David Campos • John Avalos • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “In Alex Nieto’s case, the chief went to a community meeting where he said what the police did was just fine,” Campos said, adding that this pattern was continued in the shooting of Amilcar Perez-Lopez and Mario Woods – in all three cases, the police department deemed the use of force by officers involved as justified.Spurred in part by Mayor Ed Lee’s call for a reform of lethal force and officer training policies following the police shooting of Mario Woods on December 2, the hearing spanned some three hours.“We are here… also to open up the conversation to a transparent discussion about cultural changes [in the police force] that need to happen across the country,” said District 10 supervisor Malia Cohen. She also called San Francisco’s general order governing the use of force, which has not been revised since 1995, “outdated.”“These incidents have created a huge gap between what the police department sees as acceptable conduct and what the community sees as acceptable conduct,” said District 11 Supervisor John Avalos. Current use of the force policies under which San Francisco police officers operate lack verbiage in implementing racial bias and de-escalation training, said Aaron Zissar, a trial attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.“One of the first things I saw was that there is no discussion of crisis intervention in these current policies – putting these practices into policy,” said Zissar. He recommended that updated policies should include de-escalation training and legislate a crisis intervention team “that goes out there for prevention,” engaging in active community outreach to prevent police encounters in the first place.This emphasis on enforcing de-escalation training policies was echoed by the committee, and London Breed, its president, called for the reconstitution of the African American Police-Community Relations Board, which operated some time ago to facilitate policy changes and improve relationships between officers and the community. “Fixing and repairing the trust between community and police is going to require a lot of work,” said Breed. “It’s not just about changing policies but changing the (police) culture.”This cultural change is achieved by shifting from a “warrior to guardian” mentality, said Julie Traun, Director of Court Programs at the Bar Association of San Francisco. Traun pointed to the Oakland Police Department as an example of creating a culture of “self-examination” from which San Francisco’s police force could learn.  “You have to partner with professionals,” said Traun, referring to Oakland’s successful implementation of body cameras and technology that facilitates the department’s data collection process in an effort to address biased policing policies. Joyce Hicks, executive director of the Office of Citizen Complaints, recommended requiring a sergeant or officer of higher rank to respond to incidents involving an armed suspect.“The shootings are reduced by 80 percent when a supervisor is there during a critical incident,” said Hicks. In Suhr’s absence, Police Captain Gregory Yee said that officers will be trained to initiate a confrontation with an armed suspect with questions rather than commands, and to intervene in high stress situations involving other officers.“That is a change in culture, to have an officer tap another on the shoulder and say ‘step back,’” said Yee, adding that officers will be held accountable for not intervening in situation that require de-escalation.“There needs to be a conversation about what an officer’s role is … and who is holding them accountable,” said Eticia Brown, and organizer for the Justice for Mario Woods coalition, during public comment. “They are there to protect and serve the community. They are not the jury, they are not the judge.” last_img read more

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ACTING Head Coach Mike Rush says the players are f

first_imgACTING Head Coach Mike Rush says the players are fully focussed on Sunday’s match with Leeds Rhinos despite the stress of the last few days.The 36-year-old took over from Royce Simmons on Monday morning and is looking forward to the challenge.“Of course I want to succeed at this challenge,” he said. “I am a St Helens lad and I never want to see this club not at the forefront of the game, whether that is in developing players or winning trophies. We as a club want to achieve that and I will do everything I can to make that happen.“Eamonn asked us – myself and Keiron – to step in and do what he thinks is right for the Club at this given moment in time. This is a big club with big expectations and perhaps the players have been feeling that. We want to take a little bit of that away from them and bring a smile back into training. But the players know they have to aim up as well.”Rush says Saints will leave it as late as possible in the week before deciding on the availability of James Roby, Jonny Lomax, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ade Gardner and Sia Soliola.“At present we’ve had the lads together for a couple of hours and will sit down with the physios today (Wednesday) to find out who will be available,” he continued. “Sia has nothing broken which is good but we have a long way to go before Sunday’s game.“It is a tough start for me and Keiron (Cunningham) but it’s a challenge. We want to turn our season around as a collective. You wouldn’t be in sport if you didn’t like challenges and the thrill of it or trying to beat a competitor.”Tickets for the game which kicks off at 6.35pm on Sunday are still on sale in the unallocated areas of the North and South Stands. You can buy via the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by clicking here.last_img read more

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FOUR months of frustration relieved in one barnsto

first_imgFOUR months of frustration relieved in one barnstorming try scoring run!If the sight of Atelea Vea back on the field on Friday brought welcome relief to the Saints faithful then imagine how it must have felt for the second rower who had endured four months on the sidelines.After suffering significant shoulder damage back at Hull KR in March the long road to recovery has been an arduous one for the former London Bronco.But now ‘Til’ is back and Wembley is a massive draw.“It had been a long time and I was chuffed to get on the field and get the win out of the way,” he said. “It’s been frustrating watching the boys but I really enjoyed being back out there and playing footy again with my mates.“I have to admit I was nervous but I did everything I could with my rehab to minimise that. Physio Nathan Mill and his staff did a great job and they helped to clear up a lot of the nerves and anything else I could have been worried about.“I was still going to be nervous running into the big front rowers but it went well.“The coach didn’t make it complicated for me either and that made a difference. I just had to do what I do best and in the end it was an enjoyable game. We threw the ball around, played end to end footy and controlled it when we needed to.“And I got a try!”Til’s return coincides with Saints most important game of the season – a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with Leeds at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this Friday (8pm).“It is a massive game. You can feel it, it is exciting and the mood is lifting around the place. I watched the Challenge Cup back home in Australia but didn’t really appreciate it until I came over here and got to see a Final first hand.“It is a big event and to be in a position where I could be running out and playing Leeds – when the chance of making the Final – is something I am looking forward to.“I’m looking forward to testing myself. They have a great pack but I’d back my forwards every day of the week.”last_img read more

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Health officials warn flooding may cause problems with home septic systems

first_imgHurricane Florence flooding (Photo: MSNBC) RALEIGH, NC (Press Release) — Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are warning that the heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence may cause major problems with septic systems.To prevent sewage contamination, which can lead to disease transmission, affected people not served by central wastewater systems should check to ensure that their systems are not backing up, allowing sewage to surface or otherwise malfunctioning. They should also prepare to take the following precautions:Wastewater systems may not work until floodwaters recede and the water table drops below the septic tank and drain field trenches. A septic system will not function in a flooded yard and should not be used. Remove and discard household goods that become contaminated with sewage and cannot be disinfected, such as rugs, wall coverings and drywall. Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves when cleaning up sewage. Do NOT continue to use water if sewage backs up into the house or if water or sewage surfacing near the septic system is visible — raw sewage is a public health problem and can cause disease. If a wastewater system depends on a pump, it will not operate properly if the system controls were flooded or when the power is out. People should use extreme water conservation practices until flood waters recede and the pump is confirmed to be working properly after power is restored. These practices include flushing toilets only when necessary, taking sponge baths and not running water while brushing teeth, shaving or cleaning dishes. Debris removal activities may damage a septic system. Vehicles can crush drain fields, tanks and distribution boxes, especially when the soil is saturated. If a person suspects that their septic tank is damaged, they should call a professional to inspect, service and clean it, and contact their local health department if the system needs to be repaired.- Advertisement – center_img Most septic tanks are not damaged by a flood because they are below ground and completely covered. However, septic tanks or pump chambers can become filled with debris. Reduce the amount of debris such as yard waste, cleanup materials and sediment that may enter the septic tank and plumbing systems. When power to the system is restored and flood waters recede, the pump system’s high-water alarm may sound. If the alarm does not stop sounding, or if the system does not appear to be working properly in some other way, contact the system operator, installer or local health department. Repairs may be necessary prior to returning to normal water use, possibly by an electrician if the sewage system’s electrical control panel was submerged or if the service connection sustained physical damage. The Division of Public Health’s Environmental Health Section has more information available online. People with questions or concerns about their on-site wastewater system should contact the environmental health section at their local health department.last_img read more

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Second suspect arrested in connection to shooting death of trooper

first_img 1 of 2 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The District Attorney’s Office says a second suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a trooper in Columbus County last week.Trooper Kevin Conner was shot during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning. He later died at the hospital.- Advertisement – Tpr. Kevin Conner (Photo: NCDPS) David said countless hours went into the search for Askew. SWAT teams and numerous law enforcement officers in the area were able to make the arrest. Askew was considered armed and dangerous but David says they did not feel the need to inform the public.“Our motivation is to make sure that we arrest somebody in such time that we actually have the evidence we need to be effective. We balance that against informing the public and I think we’ve struck the appropriate balance and history will remember that he was brought in to custody peacefully and without incident,” David said.Details about the investigation into the two men are few. David said he is limited as to what he can say because this is a pending court case. Court documents reveal both Askew and Raheem Davis, the other suspect charged, have multiple arrests involving robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, assault and more. These come along with multiple plea agreements and probation. But David says they are not focusing on that for now.“Our focus has been on the investigation before us and that’s Trooper Connor’s death,” David said.Askew is awaiting extradition to North Carolina, which could be in the coming days.David and Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher urged anyone who might have information on this case to come forward.center_img Raheem Davis, 20, was arrested in Fair Bluff and charged with murder just hours after the shooting. Investigators say Davis was in a stolen truck that Trooper Conner pulled over for speeding on HWY 701 near Sellers Town Road.After a news conference held Tuesday morning in Columbus County, we’re learning Davis wasn’t the only one in that truck.“Our evidence conclusively shows two people in the truck when Kevin Conner made that fateful stop and both of them are now in custody,” District Attorney Jon David said.Related Article: Community members denounce recent acts of violence around WilmingtonAnother man, Chauncy Askew, 18, was arrested early Tuesday morning in Loris, South Carolina in connection with Conner’s murder. Askew is currently being held in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County.“Agents for the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI have been working very hard, overtime in fact, late into the nights and over the weekends to develop the information that we needed to make an arrest of a second suspect,” David said.Askew will also be charged with first degree murder.“It’s not unusual to have two suspects arrested for first degree murder in the same death,” David said. Raheem Davis (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office)last_img read more

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Wilmington City Council hears proposed changes to noise ordinance

first_img Meredith Everhart with City Attorney’s Office gave a noise ordinance presentation with the changes.She said the new ordinance expands definitions, makes rules easier for officers and public to understand, updates prohibitions and exceptions. There is also a revised permit process for the factors for approval/denial and an added appeals process which they previously did not have.Everhart said the definitions are alphabetical and they added key definitions for noise disturbances, necessary activity (emergency or something that can’t be helped), adjoining property, etc. They also removed outdated wording and references.Related Article: County, city leaders hold meeting to discuss affordable housingShe said they added time constraints for construction, garbage collection, yard maintenance, domestic power tools, consolidated some prohibitions, and removed outdated prohibitions.For exceptions, the city added time constraints for athletic events and outdoor concerts specifically where ordinances do not apply like Legion Stadium, UNCW, city parks, etc.Between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., those places will not be cited during those hours. Before, the city had a lot of different times for different places. That is why they have changed the times for the entire ordinance to 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.For sound levels, the ordinance says a sound level meter is not the only way to prove noise violation. An officer would explain the process when a sound level meter is used if a meter is available. Personal sound level meters will not be considered.Everhart said the current sound level requirement chart is very detailed and difficult to enforce. The new chart is much easier to understand. The new ordinance says it does not matter if the noise is indoor, outdoor, weekends and weekdays anymore. Distance requirements have also been taken out.Civil penalties are $200 for the first offense, $350 for the second offense, and $500 for the third offense. You can get multiple violations in one night and arrests are only allowed in certain circumstances.The new ordinance also says permits are required for any outdoor entertainment or when inside sound is likely to exceed levels. The Police chief issues and denies permits. Appeals for denial go to city manager. The chief has authority to increase sound limits and times. Applicant must notify surrounding residents. Permits can be revoked for violation.The violation can be to any responsible person. Property owners are liable for third or subsequent violations.Appeals for noise violations must be filed within ten days and goes to the Chief. The city did not have an appeal process at all before.The Attorney’s Office took recommendations from city council members for the proposal going forward. The Attorney’s Office wants council to vote on a proposal for the ordinance at the second City Council meeting in June. Downtown Wilmington street (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council members are looking to change the city’s noise ordinance.This morning, city council members heard a proposal from the City Attorney’s Office- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Two people wanted in separate Wilmington hitandruns

first_imgAntonio Harris and James Murphy (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is searching for two drivers wanted for two separate hit-and-runs that happened on the same day.Police say the first crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. A driver was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Second and Grace Streets when Antonio Marcel Harris, 31, allegedly rear-ended him at a high rate of speed.- Advertisement – The crash caused $4,000 in damage.The victim took a photo of the registration place. Police say Harris was not the owner of the vehicle, but investigators determined he was the driver at the time of the incident.Police obtained warrants for hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, driving with a revoked license and failure to reduce speed.Related Article: FBI still looking for suspect in Hania Aguilar’s deathLater that day, around 5:40 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of Chestnut Street in reference to a suspect, later identified as James Philip Murphy, 30, who backed into a parked, unoccupied car, causing $3,000 in damage, and then tried to drive off.A witness took pictures of the vehicle. The suspect took off when the witness confronted him.Murphy, of Pender County, is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage and improper backing.If you know where they are contact the Wilmington Police Department.last_img read more

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€74 million in EU Funds to improve water quality

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Malta will be benefiting to the tune of €74 million from EU funds aimed at giving the country better drinking water. the funds will also be used to increase the security of supply of this most important resource and to ensure improved groundwater management. The work will include as underground tunnel and the extension of water and wastewater distribution networks.The funds are part of a €4 billion EU package, spread over 10 member states and aimed at improving infrastructure. Other beneficiaries include:Bulgaria with projects for more secure and affordable energy.The Czech republic will be funded for smoother road and rail connections.Germany will have a new research campus in Jena.Crete (Greece) will have efficient public services and affordable energy.In Hungary, Budapest will benefit from improved connectivity and reduced congestion.In Italy, Sicily will have better rail transportPoland will get better connectivity and healthcarePortugal will get a modernised Northern railwayRomania will invest in environmental managementWhatsApplast_img read more

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27year old man grievously injured after argument in St Pauls Bay

first_imgCMRUCMRU A 27-year old Libyan man has suffered grievous injuries after an argument with a second Libyan man, earlier this morning.The police say that the incident took place in St Paul’s Bay at 8.30AM this morning, involving the 35-year old and a 27-year old.An ambulance took the 27 year old to Mater Dei hospital where he was certified to be suffering from grievous injuries.The older male was taken to the local Health Centre.The police are currently investigating the incident.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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DreamWorks Set To Produce Need For SpeedThe Movie

first_imgAdvertisement Having had a successful run with the game, Electronic Arts is not about to end there. Dreamworks Studios are taking responsibility for bringing everybody’s favorite driving game to life in the cinemaThe story tells of a local street-racer (Paul) who partners with a rich and arrogant business associate (Cooper), only to find himself framed by his colleague and sent to prison. After his stint in the joint, he joins a New York-to-Los Angeles race to get revenge. But when the ex-partner learns of the scheme, he puts a massive bounty on the racer’s head, forcing him to run a cross-country gauntlet of illegal racers in all manner of supercharged vehicles.Kid Cudi and Dominic Cooper also star alongside one of our all-time favorite actors, the legendary Michael Keaton. Fans of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s seminal zombie flick, 28 Weeks Later, will recognise Imogen Poots  and the cast is rounded out by Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek and Harrison Gilbertson. – Advertisement – Keaton will play the reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world.George Gatins penned the screenplay. His brother, Flight scribe John Gatins, is producing with Mark Sourian and Patrick O’Brien.The movie will be directed by Scott Waugh (Men of Valor), with a script by John Gatins (Flight).“Although the details are pretty locked down right now, we’ll be breaking all the news you need to stay up to date on the movie”, said a statement on the Official Need For Speed Websitelast_img read more

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Former MTN Business Manager Denied Bail Sent To Luzira Prison

first_imgAdvertisement The former business manager and head of public access at telecommunications giant MTN Uganda has been charged with embezzlement and remanded to Luzira prison until the 29th April.Richard MwamiRichard Mwami who is accused of stealing over Shs5bn was charged yesterday and remanded to Luzira prison by the Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa.“Given the large sums of money involved, bail is hereby denied,” Akankwasa said.  He was jointly charged with; Joan Nabugwawo a former cashier, Brian Okurut a former revenue assurance analyst, Angella Ayo an assistant revenue assurance analyst, Eriya Baryamwijuka also revenue assurance analyst, Edrisa Serunkuuma and Sauda Nakimbugwe. – Advertisement – The group was charged with three counts of embezzling over Shs5.5bn, corrupt neglect of duty and conspiracy to defraud MTN of the said sum. Mwami tried to apply for bail, but Akankwasa declined granting it.The offences were committed between June and December 2011 at MTN offices in Kampala. His lawyers David Mpanga and Macdosman Kabega had presented three sureties including Sam Mutambo a sergion at Case clinic, Robert Kisubi and Joseph Bagabo the head of human resource at Barclays Bank Uganda Ltd and head of Cricket fraternity.The prosecutor Paul Lakid asked court to impose stringent terms on him including depositing his passport. He had objected to the bail application on grounds that the sums of money involved were big and could easily be used to jeopardize police investigation and Akankwasa agreed with him.The same court also committed nine people including a cleaner, accused of stealing mobile money, to the high court.Serunkuuma Edrisa, Matovu Henry, Seguja Daniel Magombe Joseph, Nasejje Mary, Irene Kawuma, Kulaba Josua, Peter Ayebare and Jerome Okecho Jackcher were committed to high court after the prosecution found enough evidence against them. Mwami’s case was adjourned to April 29 for mention and criminal summons were issued against Nakimbugwe.last_img read more

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Warid Sale Whats the fate of workers customers and the brand

first_imgAdvertisement (David MUGABE, The New Vision) — The takeover of one telecom company by another will have many ramifications on the chain of people and institutions that do business with both Warid and Airtel.The Government is also expected to smile all the way to the bank with a reasonable pay cheque in taxes. Experts believe this will be strongly based on the precedent set in the oil and gas deal between Tullow and Heritage Oil that attracted a capital gains tax of up to 30%Sarah Banange, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) assistant commissioner for corporate affairs said they had asked Warid to provide the paperwork of the transaction and were waiting for feedback. – Advertisement – “We moved to get the paperwork to see whether they qualify for capital gains or not, we have even notified the regulator,” said Banange.The acquisition of Warid by Airtel was confirmed early this week. The transaction is expected to take six months, although the regulator Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), this week said the two entities have one and ahalf months to fulfill the requirements of transfer of licence.Worker’s FateIn an e-mail to employees, Warid chief Sriram Yarlagadda said the company was waiting for the required regulatory and other approvals. He urged employees to continue serving customers with the same zest that we have been demonstrating all these years.“I am sure you have a lot of questions that need answers and i shall be meeting with you” promised Yarlagadda.Available information indicated that Warid Telecom and Airtel will set up a committee to oversee the terms, benefits and what departing employees are entitled to.“The other task will be to look  at who is staying and who goes,” said a senior employee.However, even Airtel employees are reportedly not safe, although the Indian giant is likely to be the main brand because it is the buyer, has more subscribers and a larger international network.Yarlagadda said when all the approvals and regulatory requirements have been met, the two telecoms, with the assistance of project teams from both sides, will embark on the integration in a seamless and smooth manner.CustomersIn the interim, all Warid and Airtel customers shall maintain their numbers, according to information from the two firms.Airtel Uganda spokesperson Fiona Wall said all the services, including mobile commerce and the brands shall remain as they are until UCC approvals are over.“We are trying to grow our customers, that is why we bought Warid,” said Wall.Some departments that have duplicate roles will suffer, like the human resources departments, according to sources.SuppliersThis week, the company said suppliers would continue to be part of the massive distribution system.“The merger will result in a combined subscriber base of 7.4 million, with a combined billing of shs 60b. This means that each of you will continue to be part of this massive distribution system and will have enough opportunities to grow,” read a notice.GovernmentThe Government has also moved in to nip its share from the transaction in revenue for what tax officials expect to be in the category of Capital gains tax. Wall said many decisions are yet to be made, which involve many people after the regulator’s clearance, including the tax issue.“we are trying to do everything according to the law,”said Wall.Capital gains tax is a tax on the profit realized on the sale of an asset that was purchased at a cost amount that was lower than the amount realized on the sale.The regulator is expecting the two firms to provide their business plans before the green light is given, among other requirements.Airtel or Warid: Which brand will prevail?Pubic goodwill for Warid has grown over time and Warid has won many hearts. Airtel suffered a brand interruption during the several rebranding processes, as well as the high costs of making phone calls, with the tariff pegged on the dollar in the 1990’s. This took away brand loyalty  However, overtime the Asian firm slowly gained back its place moving to number two in the market.On the other hand, Warid entered the market about five years ago, and its  creative marketing approach and wide promotional activities attracted the attention of customers in a market that was already facing stiff competition with seven players.The most popular promotion, Pakalast gave the telecom unprecedented brand mileage.Telecom MarketThe acquisition of Warid by Airtel has emerged as a game changer in one of Africa’s most competitive markets. Because of the cut-throat race to maintain market leadership through promotions, most telecoms have been operating at a loss. In fact  almost all of them stopped the public display of giving a cheque worth 1% of their gross income to UCC’s rural communications Development Fund, as earnings plummeted.It is therefore, expected that more mergers and acquisitions will occur and the market will eventually shrink to just about four operators.last_img read more

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Google Launches The Nexus 5 with Android Kitkat

first_imgAdvertisement Google has officially unveiled the latest incarnation of its flagship Nexus smartphone.Made by LG, the handset is smaller, slimmer and lighter than the Nexus 4 but its 4.96in (126mm) touchscreen is bigger.The Nexus 5 has been developed to show off the capabilities of the new version of the Android operating system. – Advertisement – Called Kitkat, the software has been designed to work well on both high-end smartphones and cheaper feature phones.The alliance with Google has helped bolster LG’s fortunes even though, according to statistics from Gartner, it is still a long way behind rivals Samsung and Apple.In the April-to-June quarter, the consultancy indicated 3.8% of all smartphones sold were LG handsets putting the South Korean firm in third place.By contrast, Apple accounted for 18.8% of all sales and Samsung 29.7%.Memory cutThe specifications for the new phone were widely leaked before it was announced on the official Google blog.The gadget shares some of the hardware from LG’s G2 handset and can record and play back HD video at the full 1080p resolution. Its camera also has a rapid burst system that captures several photographs at the same time so owners can pick the best shot.The handset is due to go on sale on 1 November in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea.“Nexus devices serve an important function for Google,” said Ben Wood, head of research at analyst firm CCS Insight.“The company collaborates closely with the chosen phone maker as it rolls out a new version of the Android operating system and this results in a ‘vanilla’ version of the software that acts as a reference platform for developers and tech enthusiasts.”Google said a base 16GB version of the device would cost $349 in the US (£299 in the UK), unlocked and without a contract. The 32GB version should cost $399 (£339 in the UK).With Android Kitkat, Google said it had made the software use less memory so it could be used on handsets with much lower specifications than top end smartphones.In addition, Google has begun moving some services off Android’s core software and onto its app store. Many see this as a way for it to maintain more control over the security of the software and its associated applications.last_img read more

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Murdered Sons Body Found On Google Maps

first_imgAdvertisement A satellite Image on Google maps that shows a group of police officers near the body of Jose Barrera’s son is set to be removed. Jose of Richmond, California, says shows police officers as they investigate the death of his son, Kevin Barrera, 14, who was shot to death near a set of railroad tracks in Richmond, Calif., in 2009.“Our hearts go out to the family of this young boy …,” Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps, said Monday in a written statement. – Advertisement – Google has never accelerated the replacement of updated satellite imagery from our maps before, but given the circumstances we wanted to make an exception in this case. McClendon added.Replacing the image will take about eight days and that Google has spoken to the Barrera family “to let them know we’re working hard on the update.”Credit: Business Insider.last_img read more

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App to help you calculate the Bride Price of your fiancee created

first_imgAdvertisement Looks like technology is becoming part of  our every day lifestyles and soon, we will not be able to do live without it!Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Bride Price App, a web application which enables one to calculate how much in terms of cash and physical appearance you can pay for your bride.The new app can help women know how much they are worth so they can “charge” their future husbands accordingly. It can also be used by men and prospective husbands to gauge how much their in-laws will expect in terms of bride price ones a person requests for their daughter’s hand in marriage. – Advertisement – The Brideprice app enables a lady to find the true value of her worth or bride price as well as gauge or calculate that of friends and enemies alike.Users are taken through various questions which come with multiple answers, each with a corresponding value in Naira.The questions range from the bride’s physical appearance to education level. Once the final question has been answered, the elders go into consultation (the app calculates the lady’s worth in monetary terms), and just like that, the worth of your future bride is revealed.On the first page the user is given an option to either check the bride price for one’s self or to check the bride price for a friend or an enemy.The categories that describe the brides include, height, weight, leg shape, facial beauty, skin colour, facial quality, teeth colour, residency, nationality, highest education level attained, cooking skills, employment, body art, accent and a bonus question. In each category, you are given a few options which have a quoted virtual amount in Naira.Once you are done, and you submit the end results , the elders go into consultation and eventually give the answers. The app gives you an option to share the final results on facebook and twitter platforms.Hower, there is a disclaimer, The developers of the app caution everyone on the disclaimer page stating:‘We are responsible for optimal performance of this app, but we are not responsible for what you do with it. This app is a joke, and all there is to it…”If you are a lady and want to know your worth, feel free to try it out.Credit: CIOlast_img read more

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Microsoft working on Secret Flagship Phone

first_imgAdvertisement Tech giant Microsoft has managed to keep their hardware releases completely covert.There were no leaks when Surface was released. Even Surface 2/Pro 2 was somewhat of a surprise. Of course Surface Pro 3 came out of nowhere.This has showed that Microsoft is good at keeping hardware secret, much more than Apple/Samsung lately. – Advertisement – The verge reports of leaks of mid tier phones but is yet to hear anything about a true flagship device.This is making many wonder if they’re about to pull another Surface style surprise release for the fall.At the moment, there hasn’t been a true successor to the 920, 1020, and the 1520. These 3 phones represented real leaps in technology for Windows phone and all for different reasons.Seeing successors which encapsulate the spirit of these phones released all at once would be an amazing thing.last_img read more

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Kim Dotcom Will Soon Launch An Encrypted Video Call Service

first_imgAdvertisement Kim Dotcom has announced that his company Mega will launch a secure, fully encrypted video call service soon, reports VentureBeat.The maverick and entrepeneur tweeted the news only hours ago, taking a dig at Microsoft-owned video chat service Skype:Mega will soon release a fully encrypted and browser based video call & chat service including high-speed file transfers. Bye bye Skype 🙂— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 29, 2014 – Advertisement – The inclusion of high-speed file transfers comes as no surprise. Dotcom rose to fame through file-sharing – first with the controversial MegaUpload, which was shut down, and now with Mega.Currently based in New Zealand, Dotcom believes that US-based services are unable to offer their customers privacy and security, as they are forced to comply with government and intelligence agencies who demand access to user data. No US based online service provider can be trusted with your data. Skype has no choice. They must provide the US Government with backdoors.— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 29, 2014He first hinted at expanding Mega’s services to include email, chat, video and more back in February last year. You can see the app in action in the video below, being used by Edward Snowden and Julian Assange to address a rally in Auckland this September. We’ll have to wait and see how and when MegaChat rolls out. If the service is to take on the likes of Skype, it’ll probably have to offer a free tier to make it easy for users to switch over and try it out.If it works as promised and catches on, the implications of this browser-based encrypted service could be huge, as more folks are becoming wary of being spied on while they message, mail and talk to others online.Update: Dotcom has said that he will share invites to MegaChat’s beta program ‘in the coming weeks’ via Twitter. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for those.I will tweet about beta invites to #MegaChat in the coming weeks. This is going to be THE END of NSA mass surveillance & YOU WILL LOVE IT!— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 29, 2014last_img read more

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5 rules for buying smarthome devices with no regrets

first_imgYou can connect practically anything in your home — your front door, garage, kitchen, lights, and more. Image Credit: Megaleecher Advertisement Having a home that’s connected to the Internet can make life a lot easier. You can connect practically anything in your home — your front door, garage, kitchen, lights, and more — and control it from just about anywhere in the world. But there are some things to consider before diving in and creating your own smart home.1. Try the app first. When you start connecting appliances and other products to the internet and adding new features to them, basic functions can become more complicated.For instance, installing a smart bulb isn’t as simple as screwing it into the proper socket — you also have to connect it to an application or your account. If you want it to work a specific way in different situations, you will also have to set up a series of rules. This setup process usually has a learning curve, some steeper than others. – Advertisement – A great way to get a feel for the setup process and see how you will be interfacing with your smart devices is to check out the applications in the App Store or Google Play beforehand. Read through some of the reviews, both good and bad, to gauge how well-rounded and easy the accompanying apps are to use and navigate. You might even be able to try apps in a demo mode before you connect any devices.2. Do research on firmware updates (but don’t always expect them). Smart home technology is accelerating rapidly. So much so that first- or second-generation hardware is being replaced at a speedy pace.Since connected products rely on other devices — namely smartphones or tablets — to work properly, compatibility issues can arise when mobile software updates outpace your smart device. This is especially true with smart hubs, growing HomeKit support, and devices like Amazon’s Echo.Most recently, Philips released a new Home  Kit-compatible version of its Hue hub, leaving first-generation Hue users without Home Kit support. The same happened to August Smart Lock early adopters, and it won’t be the last we hear of this type of problem.3. Find out if you’ll have to undo installation (and if it’s easily undo able). Before installing a smart device, consider your current living conditions. Do you rent a home or an apartment? If so, you might want to check with your landlord before using smart products that could permanently change your dwelling.The August Smart Lock, for example, requires modifying the existing deadbolt. While swapping out the thermostat with something like the Nest has fewer implications, some installations require modifying the wiring, which you’ll have to undo when you move out.For easy-to-install products like smart bulbs, it probably won’t be an issue, but err on the safe side and check with your landlord to get permission before upgrading your locks or thermostat.[related-posts]4. Accept the smart device premium. Almost all smart products have at least one thing in common: they’re considerably more expensive than their non-smart counterparts.Non-smart LED bulbs can be purchased for between $8 and $15, while smart bulbs from the Philips Hue line, Lifx, and competing brands start around $60 per bulb.But it’s not just light bulbs. A low-tech, 12-cup programmable coffee maker by Mr. Coffee retails for around $30, while the 10-cup WeMo-compatible maker by the same company is priced at $150.Until connected products are as common as non-connected ones, expect to see a disparity in prices. Right now, buying a smart product means convenience, not savings. Is unlocking the front door to your home with your smartphone worth a $200 investment? Is controlling every light in your house with your phone more convenient than using switches on the wall?5. Make sure it works with your current (and future) smart devices. As you introduce new smart products to your home, make preferences for ones that are compatible with many other smart devices (and the ones you already own). The more devices or services one smart product can communicate with, the better.Apple’s HomeKit allows you to connect a wide selection of smart devices to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and control them using Siri voice commands. Works With Nest is a similar certification that allows your smart devices to communicate with Nest products, learn about you and your habits, and begin truly automating your home.If your smart devices aren’t compatible with HomeKit or Works With Nest, there are still some options, such as IFTTT(If This Then That), which connects many online services with several smart devices and allows you to automate with a series of triggers and actions, called recipes.If you can connect, say, your light bulbs to IFTTT, you can create virtually endless rules for how they will act. You can have your kitchen or bedroom lights toggle off when you exit a geofence around your house. Even if your other smart products — like a connected coffeemaker or smart locks — are not compatible with IFTTT, it may be compatible with a hub that is.Double-check compatibility and interoperability before pulling the trigger on a smart product. It’s probably worth paying a few dollars more upfront for something that will talk and communicate with other products, rather than having to replace early investments later on with devices with broader compatibility.[C|net]last_img read more

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Kenya Planing New Bill to Regulate over the top services

first_imgAdvertisement The Kenyan government is currently working on a bill that will bring over the top services such as Whatsapp and Facebook under regulation.This is after telecom operators complained of unfair playing field.Joe Mucheru, the ICT secretary said the new National ICT Sector Policy Guidelines will also dictate the practices within which mobile virtual network service operators will operate. – Advertisement – Three working groups at the ministry will oversee infrastructure issues, new emerging issues as well as applications and content.Mr Mucheru at a briefing yesterday said they want the final draft complete by June.last_img

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